|Birth||Jan. 20, 1847|
|Death||July 15, 1931|
|Unit||57th Indiana Infantry, Company H|
Private David Pickerel
Company B, 116th Indiana Infantry (6 months, 1863-4)
Company H, 57th Indiana Infantry
Pickerel (also spelled Pickeral) was born on January 20, 1847. He was living in Boone County, Indiana when he enlisted and was mustered in the 116th Indiana on July 7, 1863. Pickerel was 16 years old and went on to serve 8 months with the regiment. He was mustered out March 1, 1864 at Lafayette, Indiana. The unit was assigned to Kentucky and Tennessee during its’ tour of duty.
Pickerel rejoined the Union Army as a member of Company H of the 57th Indiana Infantry. He served about 18 months and was mustered out on December 14, 1865. Pickerel joined the regiment during the Atlanta (GA) Campaign (May 1 to September 8, 1864). The regiment fought at the Battle of Peach Tree Creek (July 19-20, 1864) and the Siege of Atlanta (July 22-August 25, 1864). The unit was sent to Tennessee and fought at the Battles of Franklin (November 30, 1864) and Nashville (December 15-16, 1864). The unit lost 9 soldiers, 4 were wounded, 2 were captured, and 20 were reported missing on November 30, 1864 at the Battle of Franklin.
Pickerel died on July 15, 1931 at the age of 84 years. He is buried in the Kearney Cemetery in Kearney (Buffalo County), Nebraska. He was the last member of the Cody Post (#258) of the Grand Army of the Republic (GAR) in Wallace, Nebraska. In addition, he was a member of the Sedgwick Post (#1) of the GAR in Kearney.
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Note: Veteran bios were compiled and written by Dean Podoll.